Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly is reporting that pop star (and sometimes actress) Hilary Duff will join the cast of Gossip Girl for their third season (which just went into production in NYC this week) for a story-arc that will feature her as a “movie star who enrolls at NYU“ and is roommates with Vanessa (played by Jessica Szohr):
Is the Upper East Side big enough for Serena, Blair and the Duffster?! We’re about to find out because the onetime tween sensation is joining Gossip Girl for a multi-episode arc, sources confirm to me exclusively. The actress-designer-pop chanteuse will play Olivia Burke, a movie star who enrolls at NYU in search of a traditional college experience. She ends up rooming with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) so it’s safe to say she’ll be majoring in Drama! Duff will debut in this season’s fourth episode, slated to air Oct. 5. Gossip producers spotted an opening in Duff’s schedule after NBC passed on her comedy pilot Barely Legal.
Whoa! Now that’s a scoop. First GG manages to attract Michelle Trachtenberg to join the cast and now Hilary Duff … not too shabby. I hadn’t heard that NBC passed on Duff’s Barely Legal TV series so that’s news to me as well. I really think that Hil D. will fit in perfectly with the Gossip gang. I’m sure it won’t be long until we see her on set in NYC filming her first scenes for the series. What do y’all think … is this news about Hilary joining the GG cast good news or bad?